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Summary

Please note: This audio drama is for mature audiences only. It contains strong language, violence, and sexual content. Discretion is advised.  

James Patterson's Detective Billy Harney is back, this time investigating murders in a notorious Chicago drug ring, which will lead him, his sister, and his new partner through a dangerous web of corrupt politicians, vengeful billionaires, and violent dark web conspiracies.

In The Coldest Case: A Black Book Audio Drama, homicide detective Billy Harney sends his new partner, Kate, deep undercover in a notorious Chicago drug ring. When several members of the ring soon turn up dead, Billy abruptly pulls Kate out, blowing her cover. Kate’s informant inside the gang quickly disappears. As does the ring’s black book.... 

When Billy can’t find the informant, he wonders if Kate is secretly harboring her, since the two grew close during Kate's weeks undercover. As Billy and Kate investigate the ring’s murders, they’ll be pulled into a dangerous web of corrupt politicians, vengeful billionaires, drugged pro-athletes, and violent, dark web conspiracies, all in search of the missing black book. 

©2020 James Patterson, Friendly Heights, Inc., and Origin Story Entertainment, LLC (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Amazing vocal performance

Amazing listen, great cast and interesting storyline. Enjoyed every minute of it. Aaron Paul does an outstanding job.

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Engrossing story and performance!

Stayed up late on a work night to finish all episodes - absolutely loved it. I quite ignorantly didn't realise any well-known actors were part of this until I was beginning the second episode and the penny finally dropped as I thought "Pinkman? Is that you??" haha. Aaron Paul isn't the only well-known voice in this mini series, and famous or not, the entire cast give great performances that really help draw you into the story. The addition of simple sound effects added to this as well, without coming off as a fully produced audio 'play'.
I don't think I need to say much about the plot - it's very James Patterson and if you like his work you'll really enjoy this! Fast paced and never boring; I wish there were hundreds more options like this on Audible.

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Another great read from the master of suspense

Another plot twist, another shock that sends the investigation in a different direction. Another story that should be played out on the big screen. Brilliantly brought to life by a full cast.

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It was quick and unfulfilling

Not unlike my marriage.

I guessed the killer in the first chapter, the plot was lame in places and the whole thing wasn't very exciting.

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Brilliant short cop story very engaging compelling

What a brilliant short story police adventure, wanted it to carry on fantastic twist at the end, so many narrator's spectacular

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Exciting and brilliant

Brilliant story, solid characters and very enjoyable from start to finish. Can’t wait for the sequel

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It's Got Everything

it's got action, suspense (though not that intense), Clever twists, and good use of story Characters. I listened using some noise cancelling headphones to capture the moments imaginatively. overall its a good read.

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Enjoyable! Plot a bit far fetched

Voiceovers were well done. Storyline good and cane together nicely as expected of James P. But for me the plot twist was justa bit too far fetched.

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Audio Drama not Talking book

this is definitely a play or drama not a talking book. the way it has been done can make following the story difficult. the twist at the end was no surprise.
And the construct of having a family of cops all working together stretched plausibility.
and for UK tastes too much American cheese.

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The coldest case

The cold coldest case was an excellent audio crime drama
I really hope they do another one because really enjoyed it and really audible crime drama I wish the did more of them
An I probably never would listened to this if it wasn't audible plus. Because was included with audible plus

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  • Phx17
  • 11-03-21

Rizzoli & Isles, minus Isles, and starring Frankie

And I thought book 1 in this series was good with Edoardo Ballerini narrating. I loved the all-star cast. It seems this cop procedural series will always feature a missing book, a Chicago cop family, and shady politics. With the scripted audio format, this felt just like an episode of Rizzoli & Isles, if it instead featured Rizzoli’s cop brother Frankie as the lead. Here we have cops (and twins) Billy and Patti hunting down a drug ledger. For a short book, there’s a surprisingly meaty side story involving Billy’s undercover partner. Plus, a hilarious use of techie Edgar, who I hope will continue with the series. And this was free in Audible Plus. Outstanding!

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  • Liberty R
  • 11-03-21

Finished Perfectly

NON STOP!

I love the sounds effect, the recording is clear, the narration, the story, the action and suspense of Coldest Case!

This story is about the investigation of the notorious Chicago drug ring by Detective Billy Harney and his sister Patti.

However, there's a twist on the story specially with Billy's partner Kate and even his sister's fiancé. Omg! Intriguing!

Different experience with audiodrama from Audible. I hope everyone try this version.

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  • 13-03-21

so so story / experience

2.5 ... I'm not crazy about this format. like listening to a TV show. extra sound effects and nearly overlapping dialogue, at times are pretty distracting at times.

I much prefer a voice actor giving a book a new life, rather than listening to sfx.

the story was pretty boring and very predictable. just like they wanted to produce whatever comes out to see if it sticks.
I would not recommend this format nor the book.

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  • 12-03-21

Unbelievable

This was so much fun! I wish it was way longer! It kind of reminded me of old radio shows. The suspense, narration , all of it made you feel like you were personally involved. I highly recommend listening!!!

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  • Paula Stephen
  • 12-03-21

Great Audio Drama❤️

This is my second Audio drama complete with many sound affect and an entire staff of narrators. I did not finish my first one and decided never again. I had no idea who the players were and who was just killed. Six months later I softened and took the plunge with The Coldest Case. It was short and free. I was not disappointed! It was totally engaging and very well performed and written! Like watching TV without the visual. You are totally submerged in the experience. Highly recommend!

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  • MaureenTumenas
  • 11-03-21

Like the story, not the "drama"

Way too much noise for me. I liked the story, but overall found all the sound effects annoying.

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  • Anne
  • 12-03-21

Not so great

I love James Patterson but not this one. Mildly interesting but that’s all. Thank goodness it was free!

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  • Heather Brown
  • 11-03-21

Movie without the big screen

loved it! The cast was entertaining and the production put you in the middle of the action.

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  • Elise Ebert
  • 11-03-21

A Real Page Turner

Loved this book. I wanted to keep listening. Just enough suspense without being gorry. A must listen.

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  • Amanda D Paulsen
  • 13-03-21

my 1st audio drama

I didn't know that audio drama was a thing but I really love this way of story telling. I'm hooked for sure!

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